"Our world’s caves are places of wonder, mystery and majestic beauty. Show caves around the world are embracing their role in protecting and preserving caves and providing a place for people to learn about these special, natural, cultural and historical resources.
Show caves also play another important nature tourism role of sustainable economic development, providing jobs, and helping the economy of their regions.”
The International Show Caves Association (I.S.C.A.) was founded in November 1990 and set up its central office in Genga, Italy.
After the first Consitutent Assembly held in Frasassi (Genga Ancona, Italy) in November 1989, important events have contributed to the development and consolidation of the association.
Definition of show cave
A show cave is defined as a natural occurring void beneath the surface of the earth that has been made accessible to the public for tours.
Objectives and purpose
The purpose of the Association is to guarantee, on the one hand, the respect and the safeguard of the subterranean environment and its natural wonders while on the other hand it aims at promoting the economic development of the caves by supplying to all its members (i.e. the show caves) the experiences and solutions gained on the subject of research and management activities carried out by the most advanced caves which can afford a larger expenses.
The main objectives of ISCA are
To promote and maintain an international organization of persons, associations, corporations and government agencies who own, manage or operate recognized show caves or caverns.
To promote proper management to ensure the conservation and preservation of show caves.
To promote and increase public awareness and interest in show caves.
To promote a concern in show cave management for the safety of visitors and guests in the use and enjoyment of show caves.
To compile, preserve, publish and share cooperative data, both technical and promotional, for members.
To promote and encourage the development of a spirit of cooperation and courtesy among show cave operators.